CQUniversity Unit Profile
AGRI12012 Agricultural Service Industry Business Assessment
Agricultural Service Industry Business Assessment
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General Information

Overview

This unit prepares you for an industry placement in an Agricultural Service Industry (for example rural finance consultancy). You will build on your existing theoretical knowledge from units already completed in the Bachelor of Agriculture course to conduct a business strategy assessment relevant to your host enterprise.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Corequisite AGRI12011 Developing Emerging Business Opportunities Prerequisite AGRI11005 Agricultural Business Planning

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2021

Bundaberg
Emerald
Online
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 10%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 60%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from SUTE

Feedback

Assessment One Interview was interesting assisting in learning.

Recommendation

The interview presentation should be used for assessment one.

Feedback from SUTE

Feedback

A practical component would help to solidify the importance of workplace planning.

Recommendation

Group work and interactive tutorials could be developed to provide a practical element. However, as this unit is a prerequisite for the placement unit, the practical component for this unit is addressed in the placement unit.

Feedback from SUTE

Feedback

Improved depth of analysis, critical thinking and demonstration of student understanding through assessment pieces.

Recommendation

Additional assessment help sessions will be offered to ensure students understand what is required and can confidently complete assessment pieces.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Communicate appropriately within the agricultural service industry.
  2. Analyse workforce planning and performance in an agricultural service industry.
  3. Prepare a workforce management plan.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Practical Assessment - 10%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Practical Assessment - 10%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 60%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Tieneke Trotter Unit Coordinator
t.trotter@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Introduction to the agricultural service industry

Chapter

Readings will be provided on the Moodle site throughout term.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Communications

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Stakeholder engagement

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Job role profile and the interview process

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Ethics and workplace professionalism

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Agricultural service industry interview - workforce and business overview Due: Week 5 Friday (9 Apr 2021) 5:00 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Workforce planning and analysis

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Managing workforce performance

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 03 May 2021

Module/Topic

Human resources plan

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Analysis of workforce planning and performance Due: Week 8 Friday (7 May 2021) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 10 May 2021

Module/Topic

Financial plan

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 17 May 2021

Module/Topic

Legal obligations and risk management

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 24 May 2021

Module/Topic

Workforce management plan implementation strategies

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 31 May 2021

Module/Topic

Exit interview

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Workforce management plan Due: Week 12 Friday (4 Jun 2021) 5:00 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Agricultural service industry interview - workforce and business overview

Task Description

This assessment is an interview of a person working in an agricultural service industry (eg. a consultant, agronomist, livestock officer, agribusiness analyst).

You will conduct an interview with a person working in an agricultural service industry.  The interview needs to be between 3 and 5 minutes in length and recorded as a video or audio file.  Your interview should focus on the following:

  • The type of business and the service it provides to primary producers
  • The goals for the business (eg. increased sales, build client base)
  • The workforce requirements for this business (eg. what sort of workforce does this service need and what is the strategy for hiring new employees)
  • The challenges and or changes which occurred in the workforce since the COVID-19 pandemic (eg. dealing with shortages in staff, managing working from home)


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Friday (9 Apr 2021) 5:00 pm AEST

The 3-5 minute video or audio file should be uploaded to the Moodle site.


Return Date to Students

Week 6 Friday (23 Apr 2021)


Weighting
10%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed on:

  • The detail of the information gathered
  • Length of the interview (3-5 minutes)
  • Presentation

Additional assessment criteria information will be provided on Moodle.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Please upload your assessment through the submission portal in Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Communicate appropriately within the agricultural service industry.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Analysis of workforce planning and performance

Task Description

In this assessment you will analyse and evaluate workforce planning and performance in an agricultural service industry.  You will be provided with a case study of an agricultural service industry, from which you will be required to prepare a report including the following information:

  • Data analysis and statistics (eg. charts, histograms, average, range)
  • Critical interpretation of the statistics
  • Identification of strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities
  • Recommendations

The structure of your report should be as follows:

  • Title page
  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Body of the report
  • Recommendations
  • References
  • Appendices (if necessary)

This report should be 1500 words in length, excluding tables, figures, references and appendices.


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Friday (7 May 2021) 5:00 pm AEST

The 1500 word report should be submitted through the Moodle site.


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Friday (21 May 2021)


Weighting
30%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed on:

  • Content including accuracy of analysis
  • Structure of the report
  • Clarity of the interpretation of statistics
  • Appropriateness of recommendations
  • Grammar/spelling and presentation
  • Referencing

Additional assessment criteria information will be provided on Moodle.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Please upload your assessment through the submission portal in Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse workforce planning and performance in an agricultural service industry.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Workforce management plan

Task Description

You are to provide a workforce management plan based on the information and data provided in the case study, including the following information:

  • Aims or objectives of the plan (eg. new roles, succession plan)
  • Expected outcomes of the plan
  • Specific outputs (eg. what will be the main output or objective of the plan)
  • Implementation plan (eg. start and finish dates, time frames and milestones)
  • Scope (eg. is this targeting the whole company, a branch or a team in the business)

The structure of your report should be as follows:

  • Title page
  • Executive summary
  • Table of contents
  • Introduction
  • Body of the report (aims, outcomes, outputs, implementation plan and scope)
  • Conclusions / Recommendations
  • References
  • Appendices (if necessary)

This report should be 2500 words in length, excluding tables, figures, references and appendices.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (4 Jun 2021) 5:00 pm AEST

The 1500 word report should be submitted through the Moodle site.


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (18 Jun 2021)


Weighting
60%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed on:

  • Content including appropriateness of aims, outcomes, outputs, implementation plan and scope
  • Structure of the report
  • Clarity of ideas 
  • Appropriateness of recommendations
  • Grammar/spelling and presentation
  • Referencing

Additional assessment criteria information will be provided on Moodle.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Please upload your assessment through the submission portal in Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Prepare a workforce management plan.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?